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    Q&A with Jessica Stern

    Jessica Stern, co-author of ISIS: The State of Terror, talked about the genesis and growth of the organization, its goals, mission, and methods. She also spoke about the impact of terrorism in the Middle East, and how ISIS* differs from al-Qaeda and other terror groups. The program included clips of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, as well as videos of other terrorist group leaders, recruitment videos used by ISIS, and U.S. State Department produced videos designed to counter the ISIS videos. Ms. Stern also addressed the role that other countries in the Middle East, such as Iran and Saudi Arabia, were playing in combating or supporting ISIS.

    This program contains videos that are violent and potentially offensive to viewers.

    *The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or DAISH/DAESH in Arabic), also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), is a militant group that has called itself the Islamic State.

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    Ford's Theatre Lincoln Assassination 150th Anniversary

    Ford’s Theatre hosted a commemorative ceremony on the 150th anniversary of the day of President Lincoln’s assassination. Ford’s Theatre recreated the overnight vigil for President Lincoln, in which more than 150 participants in Civil War costumes kept a candlelight watch on the street. The historical interpreters also provided narration on Lincoln’s assassination, including reports from theatre eyewitnesses and medical updates on the president’s condition. James Swanson, author of Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer, and David Reynolds, editor of Lincoln’s Selected Writings, also spoke about their books and responded to viewer calls. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell also attended the event and made informal remarks to others in attendance.

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    Q&A With Andrew Ferguson

    Andrew Ferguson talked about the potential Republican contenders for the 2016 presidential election, including Chris Christie, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, and Jeb Bush. He also spoke about President Obama, cost overruns at the planned Eisenhower Memorial, and the growing number of journalists and pundits in Washington, D.C. He also discussed his writing methods and style, and his career.

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    1945 Documentary FDR: 1882-1945

    This program was a short biographical documentary on the life of President Roosevelt shown in theaters after his death on April 12, 1945. It included clips of President Roosevelt’s speeches and a look at his political life.

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    Newsmakers with Dr. Robert Wah

    Dr. Robert Wah talked by remote video from Chicago about the Medicare “doc fix” legislation, which would permanently replace the current formula used to determine Medicare payments for doctors. The bill passed by the House was expected to go to the Senate floor during the next week. He also talk about the second year of the Affordable Care Act and other health care topics. After the interview the reporters in the studio discussed his responses with the host.

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    The Business of Printing Books

    C-SPAN’s book, First Ladies: Presidential Historians on the Lives of 45 Iconic American Women, was released April 14, 2015. Book TV visited the printing plant in Berryville, Virginia, to see the manufacturing process and to watch the books come off the presses. Berryville Graphics plant general manager Mark Bone talked about the business of printing books.

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    Q&A with U.S. Senate Youth Program

    High school students from the U.S. Senate Youth Program talked about their participation in a week-long government and leadership education program. 104 students were selected from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity program. The students spoke about the highlights of their week, including a meeting with President Obama, and policy addresses by Senators, Cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense, and directors of other federal agencies.

    The Senate Youth Program was created in 1962, has had over 5,000 participants, and is privately funded by the Hearst Foundations. Participants generally rank academically in the top one percent of their states. In addition, they must show outstanding leadership abilities and a strong commitment to public service. Delegates receive a one-time $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship.

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    Q&A with Erik Larson

    Erik Larson talked about his book, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, about the state of world politics surrounding the 1915 sinking of the Lusitania. He spoke about the departure and eventual sinking of the ship, focusing on the personal stories of those involved, including the captains of the Lusitania and the German U-Boat, Woodrow Wilson, Winston Churchill, and a number of the passengers on board. The Lusitania set sail from New York on May 1, 1915, with over 2000 passengers and crew on board. On May 7, the ship was hit by a German U-Boat’s torpedo and sank off the coast of Ireland. Out of the almost 1200 people who died in the sinking, 128 of them were Americans.

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    Q&A with Daniel Bolger

    General Daniel Bolger (Retired) talked about his book, Why We Lost: A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. He also spoke about his deployments to the two war zones, the inherent dangers to U.S. troops there, his job commanding the training operations of Iraqi and Afghan police and military forces, and what he believes what went wrong. In addition, General Bolger discussed his views of other generals such as David Patraeus and Stanley McChrystal, and what he thinks we should have done differently in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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    Newsmakers with Representative Adam Schiff

    Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA), the ranking member on the House Select Committee on Intelligence, talked about issues such as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s e-mails, cybersecurity, U.S. strategy against *ISIS, the previous day’s terrorist attack in Tunisia, and the nuclear talks with Iran. He also discussed the future of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC, also called the FISA Court) and the National Security Agency’s authority to survey Americans' telephone records that would expire June 1, 2015, as well as possible reorganization of the Central Intelligence Agency. After the interview, the reporters discussed his responses with the host.

    * The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), is a militant group that has called itself the Islamic State.